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  • 19 July 2014, 14:55

Norovirus Hits 48 People At Athletes' Village

An outbreak of norovirus has affected a total of 48 people at the Commonwealth Games Athletes' Village in Glasgow, health officials have said.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said 18 security staff had reported on Friday that they were unable to work due symptoms of the virus, which causes sickness and diarrhoea.

Previously, 32 workers were suspected to have been affected by the virus, but two cases were discounted.

They have all been told to stay at home until they are clear of symptoms for 48 hours.

A temporary toilet facility, identified the probable source of the outbreak, has been shut at the village in Glasgow's east end where athletes began arriving this week.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said "every precaution" is being taken and "everyone is being very vigilant".

Public health consultant Dr Gillian Penrice said: "Village residents and workforce have been informed and issued with health information.

"There have been no reports from athletes or team officials and the Village is open and operating as normal.

"We continue to monitor the situation closely."

Norovirus is the most common stomach bug in the UK, affecting between 600,000 and one million people of all ages every year.

The 700-house Dalmarnock facility was officially opened last Sunday and will host 4,500 competitors and another 2,300 support staff during the Games, which starts on Wednesday.

First Minister Alex Salmond said the Games organisers were confident they had identified the probable source of the outbreak - the toilet facility in use during construction work in the security area.

Mr Salmond said: "We're confident we've identified the cause of the outbreak, a temporary facility which was not as it should be.

"We've taken the measures necessary. We've got a terrific health service and they are on the job.

"We are confident that we're getting to grips with the cause. We will see more cases but it will tail off over the next few days."

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